Coolest rumored/presumed feature about Nintendo's next console (codenamed Project Cafe)
- More powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3 (71%, 15 Votes)
- VMU-like functionality by sending games to controller (14%, 3 Votes)
- Backward compatability to Wii games and controllers w/HD upscaling (5%, 1 Votes)
- Bringing back gamers with traditional controls and releases (5%, 1 Votes)
- I don't care about its features! Only the launch line-up matters! (5%, 1 Votes)
- 6 inch built-in touch screen on controller (0%, 0 Votes)
- 2012 release date (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 21
Hey everyone, long time no write. I am alive, so thanks for asking. I appreciate all the email I received wondering where the heck I’ve been these past few weeks. Busy, pretty well sums it up. We’ve been trying to figure out exactly how to bring more readers to the site, increase our interactivity and all around enjoy ourselves. It’s rough when you put your heart and soul into something and gain a steady readership, only to find yourself in a place where you’re kind of stuck. In order to evolve like what I’m about to talk about, we need to figure a way to get more attention and increase our comments. Would message boards be a better platform for discussions? With the technology industry as a whole evolving so quickly, we all feel like we could be left out, which isn’t what we want. Anyways, if you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them.
Now onto the latest news…which you’ve all read about a million times already. I’m not going to bore you with speculation on what the next Nintendo platform may or may not have. What I’m going to do is talk to you. I think people enjoy this almost as much as the news. So it’s time for Jarrod to be really honest with you all. I don’t own a 3DS. I am technically in charge around here and yet don’t own a 3DS. Blasphemy. Truth of the matter is I haven’t had much time to play any games or watch any movies in quite a while. When that happens, it’s kind of hard to justify the price of a device you won’t use. Know what I mean? It also really nails home the idea that Apple may be onto something with the iPhone. It’s not just Apple either, but Google and all the others are starting to see it to. Once you hit a certain age, reach a point in your career, or simply gain too many responsibilities, there comes a time where your free time is simply nonexistent. It’s at these times where your only chance for “fun” comes from your workplace toys. In my case that’s my iPhone, iPad and computer. Mainly the iPhone and iPad though. I use these two devices all day. If I get a few moments to myself I find myself gravitate to those devices for a quick game, some chatting and/or some web browsing. That’s not to say I don’t play traditional videogames anymore, just that I think we’re getting to the point where the living room and our mobile devices will one day converge. Sony has this idea too with the NGP, but I think others are making further strides by also focusing on movies, music and entertainment as a whole instead of focusing on gaming alone. It’s an interesting idea, is it not?
So the Wii 2, Super Wii, Omega Nintendo, whatever you may call it, it’s coming. At this point it’s pretty obvious it’ll be announced at E3 and it’ll be a much more powerful machine than the current Nintendo platform. Will it or won’t it have a touch screen on a more traditional looking controller? Will it or won’t it feature graphics far superior to the Xbox 360 and PS3? Will it or won’t it have an online service equal or greater than Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network? All of these questions will be answered soon enough. So, what do I think? Part of me doesn’t really care, but the old Nintendo fan in me really hope for something I can dig my teeth into. I almost completely skipped out on Nintendo this generation because for one reason or another I couldn’t get into the Wii. I saw the potential, fully understand why people love it, but hey, it just didn’t do it for me. What I’m hearing about the Wii’s follow-up sounds much more traditional, which has me a bit perplexed to be frank. If the controller really does feature a 6″ screen that can be used as a mini-console of sort, but the format is in the vein of a traditional controller, than aren’t they going to lose out on the soccer moms? This is what has made me take a second look at Nintendo. Are they going to leave the 3DS for the more casual crowd and put their console up against the “big boys?” Either way, I’m interested, which is the first time I can say that about Nintendo in years. One question I have though is, what will Sony and Microsoft do? There’s no way either platform maker will announce a follow-up at E3 so this could give Nintendo a full year alone, and vastly more powerful. Again, should be quite interesting.
Alright, so that’s enough for my return post. You can expect more from me shortly, and yes, I plan to start playing a game or two again shortly. It’s just been so hectic around these parts, so I apologize for the inactivity on my end. Hopefully more interactive posts like this will make up for it :)